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Defendant Sentenced to 20 Years for Aggravated Battery of a Child

By Patel Law, PC |

In the case of People v. Steele, the defendant, Steele, was convicted of aggravated battery of a child, a Class X felony in Illinois. As a result of the conviction, the defendant was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, to be served at 85% with three years of mandatory supervised release. The defendant… Read More »

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State Must Argue Why Less Restrictive Conditions Do Not Mitigate Threat Posed by a Defendant Under the SAFE-T Act

By Patel Law, PC |

Under the SAFE-T Act, which eliminates cash bail, the state has the burden of proving that the defendant is a threat to public safety in order to hold the defendant during and before a trial. There are several factors that the state must weigh when deciding whether or not a defendant can be held… Read More »

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Appeals Court Grants State’s Petition to Hold Defendant in Jail Before Trial

By Patel Law, PC |

In a recent case that went before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the circuit court granted defendant Demontez L. Spruill’s pretrial release under the SAFE-T Act. The SAFE-T Act is the new Illinois rule that did away with cash bail. Today, the court makes a decision based on several factors as to whether… Read More »

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Defendant Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor

By Patel Law, PC |

In the case of People v. Fenton, the defendant, William Fenton, was charged with three counts for the sexual abuse of a minor. According to the indictment, the state alleged that the defendant touched his stepdaughter’s sexual organs on three occasions and charged him individually for each offense. During the case, the defendant waived… Read More »

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Defendant’s Petition for Nunc Pro Tunc is Denied

By Patel Law, PC |

In People v. Bolton, the defendant pleaded guilty to armed robbery with a firearm and was sentenced to 21 years for armed robbery and 12 years for possession of a weapon. The sentences were to run concurrently meaning he would only have to serve out the longer of the two sentences. The court also… Read More »

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Defendant Appeals Post-Conviction Relief Over Sex Crimes Committed Against Step Daughters

By Patel Law, PC |

Following a 2014 trial, defendant Timothy Davis was convicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against his two stepdaughters and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. The trial court sentenced him to concurrent 5-year prison sentences on the charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and 12 years on… Read More »

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Defendant Wins Appeal to Vacate Detention Order Under SAFE-T Act

By Patel Law, PC |

An Illinois defendant was charged with felony murder and armed robbery as an accomplice. The trial court was asked to determine whether or not the defendant should be freed while awaiting trial under the SAFE-T Act. The SAFE-T Act officially does away with cash bail and went into effect on September 18th, 2023. Illinois… Read More »

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Defendant Wins Appeal to Strike Pretrial Release Order Under SAFE-T Act

By Patel Law, PC |

On August 6, 2021, an Illinois defendant was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine. He posted a $5000 bond to get out of jail while awaiting trial. On August 25, 2023, the same defendant was pulled over for a traffic stop. It was determined that he was driving on a revoked license…. Read More »

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Defendant Denied Pretrial Release on Sexual Assault Charges

By Patel Law, PC |

In the case of People v. Long, the defendant was charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault after he allegedly forced his finger into the vagina of the complainant. Count 1 alleged that the defendant committed criminal sexual assault after penetrating the vagina of the complainant. Count 2 alleged the same but added… Read More »

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Appellate Court Vacates Order of Pretrial Release

By Patel Law, PC |

In the case of the People v. Gurlly, the defendant was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of obstructing justice. His bond was set at $1 million prior to the passage of the SAFE-T Act. On September 12, 2023, 6 days before the SAFE-T Act went into effect, the State… Read More »

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